“Honey, life’s a 4-Ticket Ride”

My friend Esther told me this story Tuesday when I was sitting in her chair for my regular pedicure at Eli’s (which I thoroughly recommend for anyone who needs a good manicure or pedicure plus entertainment while you’re at it). She swears the story is true.

She was sitting in a doctor’s waiting area that was empty except for her and a petite elderly lady who had been in the room when she arrived. They waited and waited together, but Esther decided to break the awkward silence by asking the little old lady how she was doing that day.

“Honey, life’s a 4-ticket ride,” the woman said with a smile.

I almost fell out of Esther’s chair laughing at what the older woman had said. The remark was particularly appropriate since the State Fair is in town for the week with the amusement park rides going strong.

For anyone of my friends in cyberspace who might not  know what a 4-ticket ride is, please ask me in the comment section.

The quote “Honey, life’s a 4-ticket ride” has now made it to my own memorable quotes collection which reminds me:

Peace and Kindness Quote Contest

Deadline: Midnight Friday, October 27

3rd place Granny Selma Award for Trying  – $25

2nd place Old Woman Slow Award for Close But No Cigar –   $50

1st place Daddy Glenn L. Morris Award for Quote Mastery –  $75

Keep those quote coming in, and be sure to stay tuned.


About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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8 Responses to “Honey, life’s a 4-Ticket Ride”

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    I’ll bite. What’s a 4 ticket ride? I get motion sickness on a merry-go-round, so my knowledge of the intricacies a fairground rides is slim to none!! 🙄

    Liked by 1 person

    • The larger the number of tickets for the ride, the more adventuresome the ride will be!
      Tickets are purchased for the rides as you enter the fair so that you give the tickets for each ride to the ticket person rather than actual money to get on board.
      For example, 1 ticket might be required for a child’s ride on a merry-go-round, but 4 tickets would take you on a wild roller coaster that might make you pee your pants before you came back to where you started.
      Hence the quote, Honey, life’s a 4-ticket ride!! Yee Haw!! 🙂

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  2. Susanne says:

    I hafta know. What is a 4-ticket ride?

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    • Susanne, Susanne, you are a wild Canadian girl so I will excuse you on this one – please see my response below to the Wayside Artist who also admitted no idea what I was talking about!! You need to come visit us during the State Fair to have the experience of a 4-ticket ride!! 🙂

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